By Pat Payton
LONDON – Serving proved to be a major factor for the DCVI Senior boys volleyball team at the WOSSAA ‘A’ championships here last Tuesday (Nov. 12) at London Christian.
Coach Stephen Chateauvert reported that Salukis didn’t serve the ball well in their semi-final match in the morning against the host London Christian Pioneers. The match was very close and went the full five sets.
London Christian won the opening set 25-19, but Salukis took the second set 25-23 to even the match at 1-1. Pioneers took a 2-1 lead in sets with a 25-12 win, but St. Marys forced a deciding set with a 25-23 victory in the fourth game.
In the fifth and deciding set, London Christian claimed a narrow 16-14 victory.
“It was close; it was a tough one to lose,” Chateauvert said. “But I think we kind of beat ourselves, mostly with our serving. It was pretty poor in our semi-final match.
“They had a libero who passed really well. We were trying to avoid serving it to him, but we missed a lot of serves . . . unforced errors into the net or out. We struggled to get the ball in play.”
Easy sweep for the bronze
In the bronze-medal match in the afternoon, Salukis served much better and swept the North Middlesex Marauders from Parkhill, 25-12, 25-14 and 25-9.
“It was not a tough match, but we served a heckuva lot better,” coach Chateauvert noted. “Maybe there was no pressure in that last match.”
Note: In the gold-medal match, London Christian swept Glencoe 25-18, 25-16 and 26-24 to punch their ticket to OFSAA.